It was a game of big plays Sunday at Soldier Field, but after all the fireworks were over the Bears came up one yard short in a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots.
Kevin White hauled in a ‘Hail Mary’ pass from Mitchell Trubiksy on the one yard line as time expired but he was met there by several Patriots who were playing deep and he was brought down short of the endzone.
“It sucks a little bit,” said White shortly after the game in the locker room. “If I had Kyle Long or one of the linemen to push me in, it would’ve been a different game.”
Two other plays will be replayed over and over in the heads of the Bears following this game. One was a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by the Patriots’ Cordarrelle Patterson. That pulled the Patriots within 17-14 in the second quarter.
The other was with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower blocked Patrick O’Donnell’s punt. Kyle Van Noy picked it up and he returned it 29 yards for another touchdown giving hte Patriots the lead for keeps 31-24.
The Patriots followed that up with a two yard shovel pass from Tom Brady to James White for another touchdown making it 38-24 Patriots’. But the Bears answered with a two yard touchdown pass from Trubisky to Trey Burton to make it a one-score game again.
After New England punted on it’s next series the Bears got the ball back with 24 seconds to play starting at their own 20. They moved to midfield and then with two seconds left Trubisky threw his ‘Hail Mary’ to White.
Nobody’s pointing fingers at anybody. Everybody’s a team and we’re together,” said Bears receiver Taylor Gabriel. “So as long as we stay together, and just get back to the drawing board and just get back to us, I feel like we’ll be okay.”
Trubisky wasn’t quite so upbeat after the loss. “I mean close doesn’t cut it and I think that’s good that Coach Nagy is hard on us because there’s a new standard here and coming up 1-yard short and not tying the game and going into overtime…that’s not good enough anymore. We got to make the plays throughout the game that not only give us a chance to win, but we’re wiping teams off the field. We take a lot of pride in protecting Soldier Field and we didn’t do that today.”
Trubisky finished the game 26-50 for 333 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown.
Brady passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots’ were without star tight end Rob Gronkowski. He was out with an injury.
The Bears drop to 3-3 on the season with their second straight loss.